Reply to News Item "Lack of discipline leads to spike in COVID cases: CM"

Reply to News Item "Lack of discipline leads to spike in COVID cases: CM"

/ Readers Speak / Sunday, 14 June 2020 09:52
I would like to add a few words here. Yesterday my daughter and son who after three months of the lockdown arrived here in Imphal in the early morning flight from Delhi. Being concerned about them as a parent I took lots of trouble to get a room in Imphal hotel by the classic for their quarantine. Everything went smoothly from the airport and I followed them to HRD Academy and waited for the concerned authorities to send them where all the returnees were supposed to be sent as per where they needed to go. I was informed by my daughter that they would be first sent to the screening centre at porompat as we belonged to Imphal East District and after the necessary screening there they would be transported and dropped at Imphal hotel. The point I would like to highlight here is about the precautions and adherence to the SOPs the govt had announced. I was very pained and distressed to see that the officers / in charge at HRD Academy from where all the returnees were to be sent to their respective quarantine centres failed to follow the protocol of social distancing. He jam packed a group of around seventeen people in a tempo traveller mini bus to transport them to porompat screening centre. So who is breaking the protocol of social distancing?? There's been a lot of controversies lately about inmates of quarantine centres breaking protocol and some of them have been even sent to jail. But who is accountable when the very protocol of social distancing is not maintained from the side of the authorities in charge of transporting the returnees?? The govt has a lot of constrains and I too understand the problems faced by it but who is mainly responsible for the spread of the pandemic raises a lot of questions. I wish the designated officers do their duty sincerely so that we may be able to contain the disease.Maibam Dhanabir

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